Style Evolution: Chen Hanwei

The fashion hits and misses of this year’s Star Awards Best Actor and Actress nominees. This time, we're taking a look at Chen Hanwei.

Style evolution: Chen Hanwei
Style evolution: Chen Hanwei
29 Mar 2016

Style evolution: Chen Hanwei

With Star Awards 2016 just weeks away, more and more attention is turning to local showbiz’s biggest event. Who will get into the Top 10, will Jeanette Aw finally win Best Actress, and most importantly, what will the stars wear? Over the next few weeks, we will take a look back at the style evolution of this year’s Star Awards Best Actor and Actress nominees.

When it comes to fashion, few actors on Caldecott Hill are as adventurous as Chen Hanwei. Known for his flamboyance, the 47-year-old has a penchant for harem pants and flashy footwear, and is one of the few who can claim to have his own iconic ‘do à la the “Rachel”. Check out his style hits and misses.


Star Search 1988
Star Search 1988
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Star Search 1988

Even Hanwei could not escape the ‘80s perm epidemic.

Photo: Chen Hanwei’s Facebook

Late '80s
Late '80s
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Late '80s

Fashion really must have a 20-year cycle, because we can definitely see our young artistes choosing a similar look (oversized sweater, side part) today. 

1995
1995
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1995

Hanwei’s luscious locks and soulful eyes should be a familiar sight to anyone who crushed on him in the mid-90s.

1995
1995
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1995

The Fang lao shi floppy hair was the “Rachel” of Singapore in the mid-90s. Not only did the iconic haircut turn Hanwei into a heartthrob, all the boys wanted to copy his look. 

2002
2002
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2002

A turtleneck with a pullover? Really? This outfit was outdated even in 2002. 

2005
2005
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2005

Just over 10 years ago, Hanwei was your basic “office hottie” with his newly shorn hair, frameless glasses, and plain white shirt. 

Mid 2000s
Mid 2000s
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Mid 2000s

Hanwei’s former hairstyle is oddly reminiscent of Jerry Yen’s in Meteor Garden

Drama 20th Anniversary (2007)
Drama 20th Anniversary (2007)
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Drama 20th Anniversary (2007)

Until now, we’d completely forgotten that suspenders had a brief style resurrection the mid-2000s – and Hanwei looked kind of cute wearing them, in a bashful “aw, shucks” kind of way. 

Metamorphosis press conference (2007)
Metamorphosis press conference (2007)
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Metamorphosis press conference (2007)

WHY, HANWEI, WHY? Polo shirt buttoned all the way up, plus a checkered belt – even the fact that everyone dressed badly in 2007 is no excuse for this. 

Star Awards 2007 Top 20 press conference
Star Awards 2007 Top 20 press conference
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Star Awards 2007 Top 20 press conference

It’s hard to believe that the “creatively dressed” Hanwei we know and love today once went normcore for the Star Awards Top 20 press conference, with only his watch suggesting any hint of his repressed fashion sense. 

Star Awards 2007 Show 1
Star Awards 2007 Show 1
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Star Awards 2007 Show 1

While this outfit looks a little lazy compared to what everyone else was wearing (and certainly compared to his future wardrobe picks), Hanwei looks charming as ever chilling out with his shirt buttons popped open. 

Star Search Roadshow (2007)
Star Search Roadshow (2007)
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Star Search Roadshow (2007)

Hanwei is barely recognisable in an outfit that encompasses the worst of 2007’s style trends: excessive hair gel, tinted aviators, and striped shirts with confusingly effeminate sleeves. 

Photo: Channel 8

Star Search 2010 Final
Star Search 2010 Final
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Star Search 2010 Final

We’re not even going to pretend to understand what’s happening with this colourblocked, confusing stitched, ensemble. 

Star Search 2010
Star Search 2010
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Star Search 2010

Hanwei’s penchant for harem pants goes at least as far back as 2010, where he combined them with another notoriously hated trend - camo - for this quirky onstage look. 

With You press conference (2010)
With You press conference (2010)
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With You press conference (2010)

Don’t get us wrong, we love harem pants. But if the crotch is reaching your calves, it’s a sign that you have taken the look a bit too far.  

Star Awards 2010 Show 1
Star Awards 2010 Show 1
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Star Awards 2010 Show 1

Aside from the arm candy, this is one of the most “normal” outfits Hanwei’s worn to the Star Awards over the past 5 years. 

Star Awards 2011 Show 1
Star Awards 2011 Show 1
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Star Awards 2011 Show 1

This denim suit almost makes Justin Timberlake’s jean tux look good.

Star Awards 2012 Show 2
Star Awards 2012 Show 2
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Star Awards 2012 Show 2

Hanwei flouted convention at the 2012 Star Awards by showing up in this inexplicably artsy outfit. (We kind of love it, though.) 

Star Awards 2013 Show 1
Star Awards 2013 Show 1
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Star Awards 2013 Show 1

At the Star Awards three years ago, the ever-fashionable Hanwei rocked athleisure even before athleisure was a thing. 

Celebrate TV50 Countdown Show (2013)
Celebrate TV50 Countdown Show (2013)
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Celebrate TV50 Countdown Show (2013)

Hanwei’s eyebrow-raising pants choices continued into 2013, where he welcomed the New Year in trousers befitting a middle-aged karaoke hostess. 

Blessings press conference (2014)
Blessings press conference (2014)
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Blessings press conference (2014)

Was this hairstyle inspired by Do Min-joon from popular Korean drama My Love From the Star?

Photo: MeRadio

Golden Awards (2014)
Golden Awards (2014)
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Golden Awards (2014)

Hanwei, this is what guys wear at Venice Beach, not to an awards ceremony.

Photo: Golden Awards

Yvonne Lim’s wedding (2014)
Yvonne Lim’s wedding (2014)
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Yvonne Lim’s wedding (2014)

Hanwei’s gotten only more flamboyant with age, having shown up to Yvonne Lim’s wedding in hammer pants, tangerine-coloured slip-ons, and a floral sweater. 

Korea trip (2014)
Korea trip (2014)
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Korea trip (2014)

Hanwei couldn’t have picked a better location to be his stylo self. We bet he loved having the freedom to layer creatively.

Photo: Chen Hanwei's Facebook 

Star Awards Show 1 2015
Star Awards Show 1 2015
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Star Awards Show 1 2015

Hanwei looks like he just stepped out of a Cath Kidston catalogue.

Photo: styleXstyle

Hanwei's birthday party (2015)
Hanwei's birthday party (2015)
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Hanwei's birthday party (2015)

No prizes for guessing the theme here, though we will applaud Hanwei for only becoming more daring with age. 

Photos: Chen Hanwei's Instagram

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